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Afrofuture Books Review – July 2017

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Every month we curate the best science fiction, fantasy, and speculative works by black authors. Our goal is to spread the voices of black authors in the SFF genre and encourage diversity in SFF publishing.
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I could not wait to receive Afrofuture Box because I absolutely love science fiction and the emphasis on African American authors is much needed!  There is not another box on the market that features a genre this unique, and I love the creativity that goes into it.

Afrofuture comes in a simple kraft box with a logo sticker on the top!  The simple design is safe and classic.

Upon opening the box, I was happy to see how carefully everything was wrapped!  Nothing shifted during shipping, and each item was packed beautifully.

The box comes with an insert card to let you know what everything is and where each item comes from!  I love having a list of what is included in the box, so I was happy to see this included.

The first item included is a card based on The Spirit from artist Olga Lolo!  I love this artwork, and I love that it is presented on a card because it is useful.

The next item is a set of South African Rooibos Tea by Tega!  I am a huge tea drinker, and I love how this tea brings a taste of Africa to the subscriber.  This makes the box immersive, and that is a huge win for me.

The next item is a bag of South African Flag Colored Jelly Beans from Jelly Belly!  These jelly beans are always a favorite, and I appreciate how they present the South African Flag.  Adding this sense of African culture in the box is brilliant, while also giving the subscriber a treat to eat as they read!

The next item is an exclusive Afrofuture mug!  I love this mug because it can be used with the tea, and it has one of my favorite genres written across it.  The mug was also nicely packaged and it didn't break during shipping!

The next item is a book called Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack.  I love informational books like this, and it is nice to receive a book on black sci-fi and fantasy since it is so in depth!  This is a great book to add to my book collection.

The last item is a book called The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden!  This book also came with an author letter, and I love that touch.  I think that this is an excellent book choice for this month's box!

Synopsis:

*A Wall Stree Journal “Summer Reading: One expert. One book” pick for 2017!

*The RT Book Reviews “June 2017: Seal of Excellence” pick!

*A B&N Sci Fi and Fantasy Blog “Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2017 So Far” pick!

From a new voice in the tradition of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor comes The Prey of Gods, a fantastic, boundary-challenging tale, set in a South African locale both familiar and yet utterly new, which braids elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dark humor.

In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry which has found a welcome home there. Yes—the days to come are looking very good for South Africans. That is, if they can survive the present challenges:

A new hallucinogenic drug sweeping the country . . .

An emerging AI uprising . . .

And an ancient demigoddess hellbent on regaining her former status by preying on the blood and sweat (but mostly blood) of every human she encounters.

It’s up to a young Zulu girl powerful enough to destroy her entire township, a queer teen plagued with the ability to control minds, a pop diva with serious daddy issues, and a politician with even more serious mommy issues to band together to ensure there’s a future left to worry about.

Fun and fantastic, Nicky Drayden takes her brilliance as a short story writer and weaves together an elaborate tale that will capture your heart . . . even as one particular demigoddess threatens to rip it out.

Final Thought: Afrofuture Box is an excellent book subscription to introduce you to, or expand your knowledge of, Afrofuturism!  Each item was carefully curated, and I could tell how passionate the owners were about the box.  I thoroughly enjoyed each item, and there is nothing that I would do to improve this box.  If you are a fan of sci-fi and fantasy, then this box is a must!

*NOTE: The Box Reviewers received this box to review.

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Ashley Nestler is the author of "Beautiful Nightmare", "Behind Broken Glass Walls", and "Into The Fog".She is also the CEO of the subscription boxes Literary Vacation Club and Hedren's Chest.Ashley is an active participant in the indie author movement and is very passionate about mental health due to her own history.Her work aims to spread awareness about alternate healing through literature and to provide this service to anyone who needs it.
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